Deutsche Telekom, which provides fixed and mobile services in Germany through its Telekom Deutschland unit, and Vodafone Germany have signed a ten-year contract for a longstanding cooperation in the fixed line network segment. As part of the cooperation, DT will continue to grant Vodafone access to its VDSL/vectoring network and extend usage to existing and future fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks with downloads speeds of up to 1Gbps. DT says the cooperation enables it to ensure the long-term utilisation of its networks while Vodafone can market products on the basis of DT’s network at attractive conditions. It will strengthen Vodafone in areas where it currently does not yet have its own gigabit fibre-optic networks.
DT’s VDSL network currently reaches over 33 million households in Germany, while around two million homes are currently equipped with FTTH lines.